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August 6, 1994
Beverly Hills is considering a ban on smoking in all restaurants, bars and workplaces and in some outdoor areas, a measure supporters say would rank as one of the toughest anti-smoking laws in the state. The ban, which will be the subject of a public hearing Sept. 13, would be broader than smoking restrictions adopted by such cities as Los Angeles and Santa Monica, and more comprehensive than the statewide anti-smoking measure Gov. Pete Wilson signed into law last month.
October 27, 2009 | Maeve Reston
A proposed smoking ban in outdoor dining areas is back before the City Council after months of deliberation. Introduced in mid-2008, the ordinance would bar customers from lighting up within a 10-foot radius of outdoor seating areas at restaurants and food courts. Under the current draft, smoking would also be prohibited within a 40-foot radius of mobile food trucks and refreshment kiosks. The rules would exempt bars, nightclubs for the 18-and-older crowd, and venues closed to the public for private events.
September 11, 2008 | David Zahniser
The City Council voted Wednesday to ban smoking in farmers markets, saying such behavior is inappropriate in places where customers buy fresh produce. The measure was written by Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, who argued that city officials have been promoting the health benefits of farmers markets and that smoking in such locations undermines that message. Greuel said most farmers markets are small enough that smokers can walk away if they need to light up. Councilman Bill Rosendahl voiced doubts about the measure, saying it potentially "infringes on people's rights," but he voted for it. Los Angeles has already banned smoking on beaches and in parks.
October 5, 2012
With the most coveted location at the beach, steps from the Pacific Ocean, Santa Monica Pier, restaurants and world-famous shopping, Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel serves up the very best Southern California has to offer. The resort's signature Ocean & Vine restaurant with Sushi at Sunset sushi and sake bar, features Chef Keith Roberts' creative California farm-to-table cuisine. Locally caught seafood and fresh produce inspire the creative dishes presented in indoor or outdoor dining areas with breathtaking views . In the eco-friendly Ocean Spa, guests unwind in one of four calming rooms for body and facial treatments.
March 20, 2011 | By Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
It's no easy job, being the lungs of Los Angeles. But Griffith Park, the foremost green space in a city notorious for meager parkland and abundant smog, endures bravely, maybe even heroically. Venture into the park, or nearby Elysian Park, or one of the creative neighborhoods in between, and you'll find not only beloved landmarks such as Griffith Observatory and Dodger Stadium, but also happy surprises, such as the time-travel supply shop, or the cafe where cops dine daily to the sound of echoing gunfire, or the Korean greetings that echo at dawn every day atop Mt. Hollywood.
May 15, 2013 | By Brittany Levine
The Glendale City Council on Tuesday moved to ban smoking in all new apartment and condominium units, give individuals the right to sue others who break smoking rules and increase the distance between smokers and non-smokers in outdoor dining areas. Since 2008, Glendale has implemented a variety of smoking bans at common areas, private balconies and patios in multi-unit buildings. Many wide-sweeping prohibitions have taken effect, but there have also been tweaks to the rules, making smoking restrictions a recurring topic of discussion at City Hall.
April 13, 1996 | JOHN POPE
A group of business owners in Little Saigon voted this week to tax themselves as much as $3 million to pay for a 500-foot pedestrian bridge across Bolsa Avenue. The City Council certified the election results, which will allow the city to issue bonds to finance the bridge. The money would then be paid back by additional property taxes from the business owners over 40 years until the debt is retired. No public money is involved in the project, city officials said.
September 27, 1996 | JOHN POPE
The city will be able to hire an additional police officer for its spruced-up downtown area when Brea gets its share of a $100-million state program to boost local law enforcement. The city's $81,000 grant will also pay for augmented bicycle patrols, city officials said. Mayor Burnie Dunlap said the city will use the state money to create a storefront annex for police on Birch Street.
October 19, 1996
A federal District Court judge has upheld two Santa Monica laws restricting panhandling that were challenged as unconstitutional, city officials said Friday. In a Sept. 30 decision, Judge William D. Keller ruled that the laws legally protected people in public places from fear and intimidation. A lawsuit filed on behalf of six homeless people argued that the laws criminalized indigents and forced the homeless to leave the city.
The historic Wilshire Country Club in Hancock Park has begun a $10-million renovation and expansion of its Mediterranean-style clubhouse. The expansion and interior remodeling, which will include the addition of a red clay tile roof with broad eaves, arched openings and iron railings, is aimed at recapturing the character of the original building. The project was designed by Los Angeles architect Scott Johnson of Johnson Fain Partners.
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